Book Review: Letter to Pessoa by Michelle Cahill

Letter to Pessoa is the first short story collection from Michelle Cahill, founding editor of Mascara Literary Magazine. Her previous published works include four books of poetry, and it’s easy to see how Cahill’s poetic influences have shaped the language and structure of her stories. The stories span across many social and political landscapes, from Seville to Chiang Mai to Kathmandu ...

Sulari Gentill on Writing Historical Fiction

Sulari Gentill is the author of ten published novels, including the Rowland Sinclair Mysteries, a series of historical crime novels chronicling the life and adventures of her 1930s Australian gentleman artist, and the Hero Trilogy, based on the myths and epics of the ancient world. Sulari's first novel was shortlisted for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers' Prize - Best First Book. Her ...

Event Recap: First Friday Club with Jill Eddington and lina Kastoumis from the Australia Council for the Arts

This month’s First Friday Club was host to a lively discussion between our Executive Director, Jane McCredie, and Jill Eddington and lina Kastoumis from the Australia Council for the Arts. Jill is the Director of Literature and lina works as a Grants Officer in the Artists Services section. With the next round of Australia Council grants closing on 4 October ...

Beth Yahp on remembering and writing

Beth Yahp was born in Malaysia and came to Australia in 1984. Beth currently lectures in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Sydney. She presented 'Elsewhere', a radio program for travellers on ABC Radio National (2010-11) and initiated the popular Memoir Club at the Randwick Literary Institute in Sydney. Her memoir Eat First, Talk Later was published by ...

Spotlight On… Martin Rodoreda

This month our spotlight shines on Martin Rodoreda, a Sydney based writer and blogger with a love of speculative fiction and ancient history. Martin’s writing tackles contemporary themes such as environmental issues and human rights and aims to examine social structures and dynamics through the lens of speculative fiction. Martin’s debut novel is also being launched early this month. Set in ...

Book Review: Seeing the Elephant by Portland Jones

For 50-somethings and older like me, Vietnam is likely to conjure stark images of young soldiers, carpet bombings, a napalm-burnt girl, anti-war protests, the helicopter exodus of the American embassy, and waves of Vietnamese boat people. Less well known is the period before the large scale deployment of American and Australian troops in Vietnam, a time when western military strategists ...

What We’re Reading: September

Spring has sprung and the staff at the Centre have been busy reading everything from J. K. Rowling, to historical fiction and interviews with prominent Australian authors. Take a look at the titles that have caught our attention this month. Cassie Watson, Administration Officer July ended in a blaze of nostalgia as I lined up before Dymocks opened to buy Harry Potter ...

Writing on Our Calendar: September

September is shaping up as a month of left of field ideas and approaches to the way artists and writer are writing and conceptualising the current state of the world. Inspired by the Festival of Dangerous Ideas we've dug up a few talks, courses, panel discussions and theatre productions shaking up the local scene, in addition to the regular program ...

Pamela Woods: On the Joys of Writing Short Films

Pamela Woods has worked in the UK television industry as a writer, script editor and story editor for all major broadcasters on long running shows such as Coronation Street and been a script assessor with the British Film Industry production department. After studying film directing at the Victorian College of the Arts, Pamela made short films that were screened in ...

Roseanna Donovan shares adventures in copywriting

Roseanna Donovan has won many national and international awards, worked at senior creative levels for multinational advertising agencies in Toronto, London, Paris, Sydney and Melbourne, and ran her own successful advertising agency in Sydney from 1989 to 2004.  She now freelances for her own clients, and teaches at UTS Sydney and The Communication Council's Adschool. 1. What lead led you to ...

Event Recap: First Friday Club with Walter Mason

For the month of August, our First Friday Club guest was Walter Mason, a travel writer, blogger and creativity teacher. Walter has written two travel novels, Destination Saigon (2010) and Destination Cambodia (2013) and also combines his passion for eastern spirituality with his writing process.  Walter’s career within the writing industry is an extremely active one and he is also a ...

National Bookshop Day: Where to Go!

Local bookstores are the old friend in the neighbourhood. They give great advice, are always around for a chat and some of them even make killer lattes and brownies. This Saturday 13th of August is National Bookshop Day and no matter where you are, there is sure to be a bookshop celebration nearby. Support your local, buy up big and ...

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